Authors:
Dimitra Melissaropoulou University of Patras Department of Philology 26504 Rio Patras Greece

Search for other papers by Dimitra Melissaropoulou in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
and
Angela Ralli University of Patras Department of Philology 26504 Rio Patras Greece

Search for other papers by Angela Ralli in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Full access

The paper deals with the notion of headedness, as applied to dimutive suffixation. Following evidence from Modern Greek and its dialects, we propose that diminutive suffixes are heads of their constructions on the basis of certain criteria. First, the inflectional paradigms of a number of diminutive formations show irregularities and gaps that are not justified by the inflectional behavior of the base. Second, diminutive suffixes may change a semantic feature of the base, specialize its meaning, and transmit to the formation the morphosyntactic features of gender and inflection class. Moreover, they are subject to subcategorization and selectional criteria, as opposed to inflectional markers, the distribution of which is more or less free. Assuming that headedness characterizes derivational suffixes, but not the inflectional ones, we demonstrate that Modern Greek diminution belongs to the derivational domain.

  • Anderson, Stephen R. 1992. A-morphous morphology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

    Anderson S. R. , '', in A-morphous morphology , (1992 ) -.

  • Aronoff, Mark 1976. Word formation in generative grammar. MIT Press, Cambridge MA.

    Aronoff M. , '', in Word formation in generative grammar , (1976 ) -.

  • Barker, Mark 1964. Klamath grammar. University of California Press, Berkeley.

    Barker M. , '', in Klamath grammar , (1964 ) -.

  • Bauer, Laurie 1983. English word-formation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

    Bauer L. , '', in English word-formation , (1983 ) -.

  • Bauer, Laurie 1997. In search for universals. In: Studies in Language 21: 533–557.

    Bauer L. , 'In search for universals ' (1997 ) 21 Studies in Language : 533 -557 .

  • Booij, Geert 1995. Inherent vs. contextual inflection and the Split Morphology Hypothesis. In: Geert Booij — Jaap van Marle (eds): Yearbook of morphology 1995, 1–16. Kluwer, Dordrecht.

    Booij G. , '', in Yearbook of morphology 1995, 1–16 , (1995 ) -.

  • Booij, Geert 2005. The grammar of words: An introduction to linguistic morphology. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

    Booij G. , '', in The grammar of words: An introduction to linguistic morphology , (2005 ) -.

  • Bybee, Joan 1985. Morphology. A study of the relation between meaning and form. John Benjamins, Amsterdam & Philadelphia.

    Bybee J. , '', in A study of the relation between meaning and form , (1985 ) -.

  • Daltas, Pericles 1985. Some patterns of variability in the use of diminutive and augmentative suffixes in Spoken Modern Greek Koine. In: Glossologia 4: 63–88.

    Daltas P. , 'Some patterns of variability in the use of diminutive and augmentative suffixes in Spoken Modern Greek Koine ' (1985 ) 4 Glossologia : 63 -88 .

    • Search Google Scholar
  • Dawkins, Richard 1916. Modern Greek in Asia Minor. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

    Dawkins R. , '', in Modern Greek in Asia Minor , (1916 ) -.

  • Di Sciullo, Anna Maria — Edwin Williams 1987. On the definition of word. MIT Press, Cambridge MA.

    Williams E. , '', in On the definition of word , (1987 ) -.

  • Dressler, Wolfgang U. 1989. Prototypical differences between inflection and derivation. In: Zeitschrift für Phonetik, Sprachwissenschaft und Kommunikationsforschung 42: 3–10.

    Dressler W. U. , 'Prototypical differences between inflection and derivation ' (1989 ) 42 Zeitschrift für Phonetik, Sprachwissenschaft und Kommunikationsforschung : 3 -10 .

    • Search Google Scholar
  • Dressler, Wolfgang U. — Lavinia Merlini-Barbaresi 1992. Italian diminutives as nonprototypical word formation. In: Livia Tonelli — Wolfgang U. Dressler (eds): Natural morphology-perspectives for the nineties, 21–30. Unipress, Padova.

    Merlini-Barbaresi L. , '', in Natural morphology-perspectives for the nineties , (1992 ) -.

  • Dressler, Wolfgang U. — Lavinia Merlini-Barbaresi 1994. Morphopragmatics: Diminutives and intensifiers in Italian, German and other languages. Mouton de Guyter, Berlin & New York.

    Merlini-Barbaresi L. , '', in Morphopragmatics: Diminutives and intensifiers in Italian, German and other languages , (1994 ) -.

  • Filieri, Giorgio 2001. Ivò Milò to Griko [I speak Grico]. University of Ioannina, Centre of Greek Language and Culture, Ioannina.

    Filieri G. , '', in Ivò Milò to Griko , (2001 ) -.

  • Grandi, Nicola 2002. Suffissi Valutativi. Francoangelli, Milano.

    Grandi N. , '', in Suffissi Valutativi , (2002 ) -.

  • Janse, Mark forthcoming. Cappadocian. In: Christos Tzitzilis (ed.) Nεoελληνιχϰςδιάλεχτoι [Modern Greek dialects]. The Institute of Modern Greek Studies (Manolis Triandaphyllidis Foundation), Thessaloniki.

  • Katramadou, Kouzinia 2001. The Greek diminutive. Doctoral dissertation, Rand Afrikaans University.

  • Klimaszewska, Zofia 1983. Diminutive und augmentative Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten des Niederländischen, Deutschen und Polnischen: Eine konfrontative Darstellung. Wydawnictwo Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Wrocław.

    Klimaszewska Z. , '', in Diminutive und augmentative Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten des Niederländischen, Deutschen und Polnischen: Eine konfrontative Darstellung , (1983 ) -.

  • Koutita-Kaimaki, Mirto 1984. O Ipokorismos stin Pontiaki Dialekto [Diminution in Pontic]. Doctoral dissertation, University of Thessaloniki.

  • Kretschmer, Paul 1905. Der Heutige Lesbischen Dialekt. Alfred Holder, Wien.

    Kretschmer P. , '', in Der Heutige Lesbischen Dialekt , (1905 ) -.

  • Lieber, Rochelle 1989. On percolation. In: Geert Booij — Jaap van Marle (eds): Year-book of morphology 2, 95–138. Foris, Dordrecht.

    Lieber R. , '', in Year-book of morphology 2 , (1989 ) -.

  • Oikonomidis, Dimosthenis 1958. Grammatiki tis Ellinikis Dialektou tou Pontou [Pontic grammar]. Academy of Athens, Athens.

    Oikonomidis D. , '', in Grammatiki tis Ellinikis Dialektou tou Pontou [Pontic grammar] , (1958 ) -.

  • Ralli, Angela 1988. Eléments de la morphologie du grec moderne. Doctoral dissertation, University of Montreal.

  • Ralli, Angela 2000. A feature-based analysis of Greek nominal inflection. In: Glossolojia 11–12:201–228.

    Ralli A. , 'A feature-based analysis of Greek nominal inflection ' (2000 ) 11–12 Glossolojia : 201 -228 .

    • Search Google Scholar
  • Ralli, Angela 2002. The role of morphology in gender determination: Evidence from Modern Greek. In: Linguistics 40:519–551.

    Ralli A. , 'The role of morphology in gender determination: Evidence from Modern Greek ' (2002 ) 40 Linguistics : 519 -551 .

    • Search Google Scholar
  • Ralli, Angela 2005. Morfologia [Morphology]. Patakis, Athens.

    Ralli A. , '', in Morfologia , (2005 ) -.

  • Ralli, Angela forthcoming. The dialect of Kydonies (Aivaliot) and Moschonisia.

  • Rohlfs, Gerhard 1977. Grammatica Storica dei Dialetti Italogreci. C. H. Becksche, München.

    Rohlfs G. , '', in Grammatica Storica dei Dialetti Italogreci , (1977 ) -.

  • Scalise, Sergio 1988. The notion of ‘head’ in morphology. In: Geert Booij — Jaap van Marle (eds): Yearbook of morphology 1, 229–245. Foris, Dordrecht.

    Scalise S. , '', in Yearbook of morphology 1 , (1988 ) -.

  • Scalise, Sergio 1994. Morfologia. Il Mulino, Bologna.

    Scalise S. , '', in Morfologia , (1994 ) -.

  • Selkirk, Elizabeth O. 1982. The syntax of words (Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 7). MIT Press, Cambridge MA.

    Selkirk E. O. , '', in The syntax of words , (1982 ) -.

  • Stomeo, Paolo 1992. Vocabolario Greco-Salentino. Centro di Studi Salentini, Lecce.

    Stomeo P. , '', in Vocabolario Greco-Salentino , (1992 ) -.

  • Stump, Gregory T. 1993. How peculiar is Evaluative Morphology? In: Journal of Linguistics 29:1–36.

    Stump G. T. , 'How peculiar is Evaluative Morphology? ' (1993 ) 29 Journal of Linguistics : 1 -36 .

    • Search Google Scholar
  • Triantaphyllides, Manolis 1941. Neoelliniki Grammatiki [Modern Greek grammar]. Manolis Triantaphyllides Institute, Thessaloniki.

    Triantaphyllides M. , '', in Neoelliniki Grammatiki , (1941 ) -.

  • Williams, Edwin 1981. On the notions ‘lexically related’ and ‘head of a word’. In: Linguistic Inquiry 12:245–274.

    Williams E. , 'On the notions ‘lexically related’ and ‘head of a word’ ' (1981 ) 12 Linguistic Inquiry : 245 -274 .

    • Search Google Scholar
  • Zwicky, Arnold 1985. Heads. In: Journal of Linguistics 21:1–29.

    Zwicky A. , 'Heads ' (1985 ) 21 Journal of Linguistics : 1 -29 .

  • Collapse
  • Expand

Editors

Editor(s)-in-Chief: Katalin É. Kiss,
Ferenc Kiefer

Editor: Éva Dékány

Technical Editor: Zoltán G. Kiss

Review Editor: Beáta Gyuris

Editorial Board

  • Anne Abeillé
  • Željko Bošković
  • Marcel den Dikken
  • Hans-Martin Gärtner
  • Elly van Gelderen
  • Anders Holmberg
  • Katarzyna Jaszczolt
  • István Kenesei
  • Anikó Lipták
  • Katalin Mády
  • Gereon Müller
  • Csaba Pléh
  • Giampaolo Salvi
  • Irina Sekerina
  • Péter Siptár
  • Gregory Stump
  • Peter Svenonius
  • Anne Tamm
  • Akira Watanabe
  • Jeroen van de Weijer

Acta Linguistica Academica
Address: Benczúr u. 33. HU–1068 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: (+36 1) 351 0413; (+36 1) 321 4830 ext. 154
Fax: (36 1) 322 9297
E-mail: ala@nytud.mta.hu

Indexing and Abstracting Services:

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index
  • Bibliographie Linguistique/Linguistic Bibliography
  • International Bibliographies IBZ and IBR
  • Linguistics Abstracts
  • Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • SCOPUS
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • LinguisList

 

Acta Linguistica Hungarica
Language English
Size  
Year of
Foundation
1951
Publication
Programme
changed title
Volumes
per Year
 
Issues
per Year
 
Founder Magyar Tudományos Akadémia  
Founder's
Address
H-1051 Budapest, Hungary, Széchenyi István tér 9.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 1216-8076 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2624 (Online)